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Title:
A house by the sea
ISBN:
9780688126759

9780688126766
Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, ©1994.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 26 cm
Summary:
Describes what it would be like to live in a little house by the sea and frolic with seals and crabs and other sea creatures.
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Joanne Ryder studied journalism at Marquette University. For several years she was an editor of children's books in New York, before she quit to write full-time.

Ryder is an award-winning author whose books offer a unique blend of poetry and science. Her Just for a Day series invites children into the world of wild animals, ranging from a sea otter to Tyrannosaurus rex.

Ryder's book, The Snail's Spell, won a New York Academy of Sciences Book Award. She has been named three times in the annual list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by a joint committee of the Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Joanne Ryder studied journalism at Marquette University. For several years she was an editor of children's books in New York, before she quit to write full-time.

Ryder is an award-winning author whose books offer a unique blend of poetry and science. Her Just for a Day series invites children into the world of wild animals, ranging from a sea otter to Tyrannosaurus rex.

Ryder's book, The Snail's Spell, won a New York Academy of Sciences Book Award. She has been named three times in the annual list of Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children by a joint committee of the Children's Book Council and the National Science Teachers Association.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 10

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A fanciful, lilting, rhyming story tells of a boy's wish to live in a seaside cottage in close association with rollicking seals; a smiling, crescent moon; a gentle whale; a nurturing octopus; and a dancing crab. The animals play with the boy and his friend (a little girl) and even do their housekeeping chores while the children savor the beach and ocean. Watercolors in sunny and cool pastels with minimal, cartoonlike figures are arranged informally in ragged ovals and squares as though bursting through their backgrounds. They show the youngsters, their dog, and the sea creatures cavorting joyfully over golden sands, in jade-green waters, and through the cozy cottage. The wit and charm of the pictures reflect the text to perfection.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

As he frolics in the surf with one of his friends and his dog, a boy imagines the fun to be had if he could live in a little house by the sea. Sweet's airy watercolors capture the breezy wistfulness of a ``what if'' fantasy, as well as play up the childlike energy of the rhyming text. Ryder's silly scenarios include a neighborly octopus happy to lend an ``an arm doing this, / and an arm doing that,'' and frisky seals noshing on ``fish-eyed pie'' at the local snack shop. The romp never loses steam, with the narrator and his companions dancing on the sand ``round the rim / of the sea'' on the final page. This cheery volume transmits a fondness for the shore that even landlubbers may find infectious. Ages 3-up. (Mar . ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

A little boy fantasizes about what life would be like if he lived in a house by the sea. He plays with a friend and his dog as well as seals, a crab, and a whale. Having an octopus take care of him is handy, since each of its arms can do something different. The rhythm of the words and the appealing, fresh watercolors ensure the popularity of the book. From HORN BOOK 1994, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

In verse that echoes both Milne's whimsical make-believe and the cadence of Poe's ``Annabel Lee,'' a child imagines living by the sea: playing with the seals (``When I got too wet/or they got too dry,/we'd hug and we'd run/and we'd yell, `Good-bye' ''); wishing on the moon; being cared for by an octopus (``With an arm doing this/and an arm doing that,/he'd cook and make my bed''); and so on. The idea isn't exceptional, but it's nicely developed; Ryder's verse has a lovely, musical lilt, while Sweet's delicate watercolors show the child and his companion, in snapshot-sized vignettes, playing along the shore while their imaginary activities are displayed in bubble-like vistas, airily framed with sky and sea and extending across the spreads. An attractive addition. (Picture book. 3-8)


Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. A little boy imagines "If I could live in a little house, / I'd live in a house by the sea." Those words recur each time he adds playmates to his dreamscape--an octopus next door, seals, a crab friend. Each watercolor illustration, set in a circular frame, conveys vigorous fun. The watercolor sea invites jumping, and the text, written with a bubbly rhythm that sounds the way the pictures look, begs to be read aloud. (Reviewed Apr. 15, 1994)0688126758Mary Harris Veeder


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-A fanciful, lilting, rhyming story tells of a boy's wish to live in a seaside cottage in close association with rollicking seals; a smiling, crescent moon; a gentle whale; a nurturing octopus; and a dancing crab. The animals play with the boy and his friend (a little girl) and even do their housekeeping chores while the children savor the beach and ocean. Watercolors in sunny and cool pastels with minimal, cartoonlike figures are arranged informally in ragged ovals and squares as though bursting through their backgrounds. They show the youngsters, their dog, and the sea creatures cavorting joyfully over golden sands, in jade-green waters, and through the cozy cottage. The wit and charm of the pictures reflect the text to perfection.-Patricia Pearl Dole, formerly at First Presbyterian School, Martinsville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

As he frolics in the surf with one of his friends and his dog, a boy imagines the fun to be had if he could live in a little house by the sea. Sweet's airy watercolors capture the breezy wistfulness of a ``what if'' fantasy, as well as play up the childlike energy of the rhyming text. Ryder's silly scenarios include a neighborly octopus happy to lend an ``an arm doing this, / and an arm doing that,'' and frisky seals noshing on ``fish-eyed pie'' at the local snack shop. The romp never loses steam, with the narrator and his companions dancing on the sand ``round the rim / of the sea'' on the final page. This cheery volume transmits a fondness for the shore that even landlubbers may find infectious. Ages 3-up. (Mar . ) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Horn Book Review

A little boy fantasizes about what life would be like if he lived in a house by the sea. He plays with a friend and his dog as well as seals, a crab, and a whale. Having an octopus take care of him is handy, since each of its arms can do something different. The rhythm of the words and the appealing, fresh watercolors ensure the popularity of the book. From HORN BOOK 1994, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

In verse that echoes both Milne's whimsical make-believe and the cadence of Poe's ``Annabel Lee,'' a child imagines living by the sea: playing with the seals (``When I got too wet/or they got too dry,/we'd hug and we'd run/and we'd yell, `Good-bye' ''); wishing on the moon; being cared for by an octopus (``With an arm doing this/and an arm doing that,/he'd cook and make my bed''); and so on. The idea isn't exceptional, but it's nicely developed; Ryder's verse has a lovely, musical lilt, while Sweet's delicate watercolors show the child and his companion, in snapshot-sized vignettes, playing along the shore while their imaginary activities are displayed in bubble-like vistas, airily framed with sky and sea and extending across the spreads. An attractive addition. (Picture book. 3-8)


Booklist Review

Ages 3-7. A little boy imagines "If I could live in a little house, / I'd live in a house by the sea." Those words recur each time he adds playmates to his dreamscape--an octopus next door, seals, a crab friend. Each watercolor illustration, set in a circular frame, conveys vigorous fun. The watercolor sea invites jumping, and the text, written with a bubbly rhythm that sounds the way the pictures look, begs to be read aloud. (Reviewed Apr. 15, 1994)0688126758Mary Harris Veeder